Firm to use facility

Will process food waste into ‘slurry’

JOHNSTOWN — The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board last week discussed a contract for an out-of-county firm to use the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility.

A request to use the facility was submitted by Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions, according to facility Manager Wallace Arnold.

He said the firm uses a recycling system called Grind2Energy to process food waste into energy-rich material — a food waste slurry — for anaerobic digestion and methane production. Arnold said the company will be working with Whole Foods in Albany, expecting to produce about 4,000 gallons of slurry every one-to-two weeks.

Arnold said samples of the slurry were evaluated by the sewage treatment plant’s laboratory and found to be acceptable. He said the slurry could be added to the anaerobic digesters by repurposing a piston pump and reconfiguring process lines.

The board suggested a new sewer waste category be created called “food waste slurry.” A disposal rate of 15 cents per gallon was proposed. Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions is being advised of the proposed rate and to request a draft contract for review.

In other board action, facility Laboratoy Director Mark Levendusky reported 22 industrial wastewater discharge permit renewal applications were received for 2018. The board approved all 22 applications.

The board approved a 2018 legal services proposal from Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner LLC, a Glens Falls law firm, at a rate of $220 per hour.

Renewal of the sewer plant’s Employee Assistance Program contract with St. Mary’s Healthcare was approved at a cost of $15 per full-time employee for 2018. The program provides early intervention and counseling services for employees and their immediate family members.

A letter of resignation was accepted from wastewater engineer Christopher Stankes, effective Dec. 31.

The board approved a $288 sewer bill credit for property at 118 N. Market St. in Johnstown. Denied credits were properties at 10 Water St. in Johnstown and 37 Woodside Ave. in Gloversville.

A second request for a sewer bill adjustment was received by Fulton County government for alleged excess water usage for a foreclosed property at 13 W. Eighth Ave. in Gloversville. The board denied the first request in November and denied the request again last week. The board found insufficient proof water did not enter the sewer system to be treated.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at